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How do Massive Stars Form? Infrared Studies

Important description
Massive stars control much of the evolution of galaxies. Their intense output of ultraviolet radiation, stellar winds and ultimate demise as supernovae shapes the interstellar medium. The formation of such massive stars throws up interesting puzzles since that same high luminosity repels infalling material preventing growth during the early stages. The massive protostars emit significantly in the near, mid-infrared and far-infrared. Continuum emission comes from dust heated by the central star, and line emission comes from ionised gas in jets and winds and molecular gas in outflows and accretion disks. These disks and outflows provide the key to our understanding of the formation of these stars, as material accretes onto the stars through the disk, while in parallel, some material is ejected in powerful winds. In our research in Leeds, we observe this circumstellar material at the highest resolutions possible as most of the action takes place in the inner regions, very close to the central star. In this project, you will use recent observations to address the issue of mass accretion onto the stars. You will not only manipulate the raw data, but also apply fundamental and state-of-the-art techniques in order to interpret and analyze the results.

Eligibility and other criteria
(European/UK Students Only)
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Application deadline
Applications accepted all year round

Additional information, and important URL
The post is STFC funded.

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